AL­BRIGHT WARNS MANILA OVER ‘RULE OF LAW’

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Manila, Philip­pines - Former US sec­re­tary of state Madeleine Al­bright warned on Wed­nes­day that ‘rule-of-law’ is­sues could harm in­vest­ments in the Philip­pines af­ter her na­tion and rights groups crit­i­cised Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte’s deadly war on drugs.

The United States - along with the United Na­tions, the Euro­pean Union and in­ter­na­tional watch­dogs - has ex­pressed con­cern about al­leged ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings and rights vi­o­la­tions in the cam­paign.

Al­bright, who served un­der then-pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton, was asked at a fo­rum in Manila or­gan­ised by ABS-CBN net­work about her ad­vice to in­vestors.

“One of the things that I think peo­ple need to un­der­stand in the Philip­pines is that in­vestors do not want to go into a place where the rule of law is un­der ques­tion,” said Al­bright (80), who runs an epony­mous pri­vate in­vest­ment firm.

“There­fore gov­ern­ment in­sti­tu­tions and the rule of law are very im­por­tant be­cause de­spite the fact that in­vest­ing in its na­ture is risky, it is bet­ter for coun­tries them­selves to make it less risky as pos­si­ble,” she said, with­out di­rectly com­ment­ing on Duterte’s poli­cies.

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